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Keeping Montclair Residents Informed

Corona Virus COVID-19
Dear Resident,

Coronavirus (known as COVID-19) is a concern for many families in our Montclair community. However, we want to ensure our residents are accurately informed and empowered with the tools and knowledge to tackle this challenge calmly, with coordination.

In this email, we have compiled resources and information regarding COVID-19 to keep you and your family up-to-date with the current situation in New Jersey.
 
Below are links to facts about preventing, recognizing, and treating COVID-19; and information on how you can make sure that your family remains healthy and safe.

Thank You,

Sean M. Spiller
Montclair's Third Ward Councilman
Candidate for Mayor

The state of New Jersey recently launched a COVID-19 Dashboard, where you can track positive COVID-19 cases by county, testing results, and other vital statistics on this public health hazard daily. We're glad to see our state providing New Jerseyans with facts and transparency as we navigate our response to COVID-19. Click here to view the dashboard.
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Montclair Health Department

Notice from the Montclair Health Department: First COVID-19 Case Reported in Montclair
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Alert

Remember - price-gouging is ILLEGAL. New Jersey has zero tolerance for price gouging related to COVID-19. If you suspect unfair price hikes on products like hand sanitizer or cleaning products, alert the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs at 973-504-6240, or online.
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Quick Facts
How it Spreads
COVID-19 is thought to spread between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) or through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest). Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Preventing Illness
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Steps to protect yourself include:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. 
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • After sneezing, immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
Should I Wear a Facemask?
If you are sick, you should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.

If you are NOT sick, you do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.

What Should I Do if I'm Sick?
If you become ill with COVID-19, here are some steps you should take to keep yourself and those around you safe:
  • Stay home: People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness (except when getting medical care). You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care.
  • Avoid public areas: Do not go to work, school, or public areas.
  • Avoid public transportation: Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
  • Stay away from others: As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available.
  • Limit contact with pets & animals: You should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just like you would around other people. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus.
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor: If you have a medical appointment, call the healthcare provider and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.
  • Do not share: You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets in your home.
  • Wash thoroughly after use: After using these items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water
  • Seek medical attention: Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (e.g., difficulty breathing).
  • Wear a facemask when sick: Put on a facemask before you enter the facility. These steps will help the healthcare provider’s office to keep other people in the office or waiting room from getting infected or exposed.
  • Alert health department: Ask your healthcare provider to call the local or state health department. Persons who are placed under active monitoring or facilitated self-monitoring should follow instructions provided by their local health department or occupational health professionals, as appropriate.
  • Stay at home until instructed to leave: Patients with confirmed COVID-19 should remain under home isolation precautions until the risk of secondary transmission to others is thought to be low.
Latest Updates
  • Governor Phil Murphy called on state residents and organizations to cancel all public gatherings of 250 people or more.
  • The New Jersey Department of Health announced a COVID-19 public call line at 1-888-222-1222; if you are using an out-of-state cell phone, you should instead call 1-800-962-1253.
  • The New Jersey Department of Health published a full collection of resources and guidelines for residents, schools and businesses, healthcare professionals, and public health professionals.
  • Governor Murphy's administration waived consumer cost-sharing for all medically necessary COVID-19 testing, as well as services related to testing. This waiver includes emergency room, urgent care, and office visits related to COVID-19 testing for the state’s individual, small and large group markets; the State Health Benefits and School Employee Health Benefits Plans; NJ FamilyCare’s CHIP population; and the state's uninsured population, eligible for the Charity Care program. 
  • Governor Murphy declared a State of Emergency to strengthen New Jersey's ability to contain and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, triggering executive powers and safeguards including a price-gouging ban; expedition of delivery of goods and services necessary for preparedness and response efforts; and the empowerment of all State agencies to take all appropriate steps to address this public health hazard.
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